"Love suffers long, and is kind; love does not envy: love does not parade itself; it is not puffed up: does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails."
I have to admit it has been years since I read 1 Corinthians chapter 13. It was like reading it for the first time. As many times as I have heard this scripture at weddings or in services over the years, it spoke to me this year like never before. The verses that lead up to what love is stuck with me more than the verses I was so used to hearing. It was the bit about knowing everything, having everything, being able to do anything but being nothing without love. How many times have I thought about being smarter, stronger, wiser, or being the best in something? Yes, those are great feelings but they are so fleeting - to win, to be on top or the best. So what if you get to that achievement but don't have love in your heart? Well, it's just another achievement or feather in the cap. Real love isn't about gain. It's hard to comprehend a love so pure.
God's love is pure. It is pure like sunlight, like fresh snow, or clean air. It's very hard to duplicate perfection in fact it's impossible. This Winter enjoy the radiance of God's pure love for us and pass on the light inside yourself to someone else.